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Mind of a Rampage Killer
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Premiered March 1974 NOVA is a general-interest documentary series that addresses a single science issue each week. Billed as "science adventures for curious grown-ups" when it first aired in March, 1974, NOVA continues to offer an informative and entertaining approach to a challenging subject. 1996 marked NOVA's 23rd season, which makes it the longest-running science program on national television. It is also one of television's most acclaimed series, having won every major television award, most of them many times over. Series release date: 3/3/1974

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What makes a person walk into a theater or a church or a classroom full of students and open fire? What combination of circumstances compels a human being to commit the most inhuman of crimes? Can science in any way help us understand these horrificevents and provide any clues as to how to prevent them in the future? As the nation tries to understand the tragic events at Newtown, NOVA correspondent Miles O'Brien separates fact from fiction, investigating new theories that the most destructive rampage killers are driven most of all, not by the urge tokill, but the wish to die. Could suicide - and the desire to go out in a media-fueled blaze of glory - be the main motivation? How much can science tell us about the violent brain? Most importantly, can we recognize dangerous minds in time -- and stop the next Newtown?

Note: This aired as part of PBS week long programming on the Newtown, Connecticut Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting incident, also known as "After Newtown."

A NOVA Production by Miles O'Brien Productions, LLC and Little Bay Pictures, LLC for WGBH



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